Book Review: The Art of Hotel Transylvania 2

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This is a delightful artbook for the sequel to Hotel Transylvania. The first artbook is also great.

There are actually two publishers for this book. One is Cameron + Company and the other is Titan Books. They are selling in USA and UK, Europe respectively. Prices differ slightly.

The book I have is published by Cameron + Company. It's a 160-page hardcover without any dust jacket. The cover has some texture, like those watercolour coldpress paper texture, which is very nice.

Since most of the concept art for the characters have already appeared in the first artbook, the character designs focus on changes to selected characters, and of course the new characters such as Denisovich aka Dennis, Vlad and Johnny's family, and a handful of other new monsters. The designs look fantastic. Characters are funny looking, cute at the same time even though they may be monsters. Overall, I like the shape designs of the monsters. Ideas for the monsters are sometimes really quite funny, such as Bluetooth which is really a monster that look like a blue-coloured tooth.

Rest of the artworks are of story scenes, environment art and storyboards. Layout of the book really plays up the pictures at big sizes. The environment artworks are wonderful. I like the designs of the castles and the different rooms. Lighting and mood are well captured. The storyboards included are funny gag sequences in the movie.

There are lots to read about the production process and character and story development. You'll find out how they create Dennis' head full of curly hair, how they handle family dynamics between humans and monsters, many visual and funny ideas that went into the movie.

The book's really packed and the art is great. Fantastic artbook!

The Art of Hotel Transylvania 2 is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

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The one published by Titan Books that's selling on Book Depository is slightly cheaper for international buyers.

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